Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked ministries, sectors and localities to intensify the fight against smuggling and trade frauds.

Law enforcement forces and localities need to work together to foster the effectiveness of their activities, Deputy PM Phuc, who is also the Head of the Steering Committee to combat smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods said at an online conference to determine the 2015 tasks for the committee on January 29.

Additionally, they need to enact concerted measures to raise public awareness of the issue to involve people, organisations, associations and businesses in the combat, while improving the legal framework by reviewing existing policies and making necessary amendments, he added.

Heads of localities must be accountable for any major and repeated acts of smuggling that damage residents.

He urged law enforcement to set an example by coming down swiftly and harshly on major violators while ensuring transparent and open information during the process.

Significant achievements were made in the fight against these illicit activities over the last year, contributing to the nation’s socio-economic development.

More than 200,000 instances of smuggling were detected, generating more than 13 trillion VND (602 million USD) for the state budget, a 27.1 percent increase from 2013.

As many as 2,275 individuals were prosecuted for violating the law.-VNA